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XN647 - Privately owned, Steventon, Oxfordshire

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN647 at Bruntingthorpe, 4th January 2003; author

This is XN647, another FAW.2, which was hidden away in the Flambards Theme Park near Helston in Cornwall. Once proudly called the Cornwall Aero Park, the collection of aircraft here has shrunk over the years and as predicted, XN647 has now departed - sadly, in bits. The tailbooms were scrapped on-site and the remainder of the aircraft went to Bruntingthorpe. Corrosion was apparently too widespread to justify saving the complete aircraft but the nose section has been preserved and already bought by a new owner in Oxfordshire. The remainder of the aircraft provided some spares for Brunty's other Vixen (XJ494) and one plan mentioned was to use the wings to replace those of XJ494 - however so far that hasn't happened.

Information on this page current as of June 2008

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